Campers get first-hand look at Health City

| 08/09/2015
Cayman News Service

Camp participants during their tour of Health CIty

(CNS): A group of teenagers recently spent a day at Health City Cayman Islands at a camp designed to give the young people a close-up look at the East End medical facility. The 19 students, aged 12-14 years old, took part in the inaugural Healthcare Explorers Day Camp.

“It’s important to encourage our youth, here in the Cayman Islands, to consider medicine as a career choice,” said Dr. Chandy Abraham, Health City facility director and head of medical services.

“At Health City, we pride ourselves on career development and continued learning and skill enhancement, so a day like the Healthcare Explorers Day Camp is very close to our hearts.”

The event followed an intensive two-week summer internship programme, in which 23 college and high school seniors participated.

Dr. Irka Ebanks, a Caymanian doctor at the facility, started off the camp with a welcome address at which she discussed her medical career path with the students. The young people then met with Education Ministry Councillor Winston Connolly, who spoke to them about healthcare as a career choice and described government’s plans to assist more Caymanians in the field of medicine.

The students also took part in a question-and-answer session with a specialist doctor in their field of interest, allowing them to find out more about each specific area.

Programme sponsor Gene Thompson closed the day by thanking the students and encouraging them to continue to study hard. “These are our future doctors, so it is important to nurture their interest. As I said to the students, hopefully in the years to come, some of them will be here, practising medicine at Health City, telling other students about their career path to becoming a surgeon,” he said.

Based on the success of this first camp, Health City officials plan to make it an annual event.



Category: Medical and Health, Youth

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